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August 1, 1885

SHOULD PROPRIETARY MEDICINES BE REQUIRED TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT OF CONTENTS?"

JAMA. 1885;V(5):132. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391040020006

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Abstract

Such is the title of a paper read before the Michigan State Medical Society, at its late annual meeting, by Professor Albert B. Prescott, of Ann Arbor. Putting the question in a more proper form, "Should Manufacturers of Proprietary Medicines be required to publish the Constituents of these Preparations?" it is one which would probably be answered affirmatively by every physician and every person interested in public health.

In some countries, as France, the State acts on the principle that it is the guardian of the adult individual, so far as health is concerned; but in the United States the individual is generally presumed to be capable of judging for himself in these matters— and whether this is more of a presumption or an assumption it is difficult to say. Few things are more apparent than the dense ignorance of the masses as to the most common-sense principles of health

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